FDA warns the dangers from excessive use of asthma drugs - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/19/10

FDA warns the dangers from excessive use of asthma drugs

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Food and Drug Administration is warning against the over-use of certain asthma drugs.  The medications are in a class of long-acting beta agonists, or LABA's.  The FDA says the drugs should be used for the shortest time possible to control asthma.  The studies work by relaxing the airways, but overuse can make the muscles so relaxed that the patient doesn't realize when inflammation is building.  Not knowing when inflammation is building can lead to a massive asthma attack, which could be life-threatening.

These popular drugs are all included in the warning, Advair, Symbicort, Serevent and Foradil.  The FDA says don't stop taking any of these drug, just talk to your doctor if you are concerned about how often you are using them.

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